Food gets so much attention in health that I opt to stay away from it unless relating it to light and time (the seasons). It is important and I plan on writing a reminder blog each season, now that I live in a place that has seasons.
Eating a local, seasonal diet is key. That being said, in the summer when the sun is most abundant you can eat fruits and more carbs, especially if you are out in the sun a lot. I eat oats, fresh sourdough bread, blueberries and dark chocolate often. These are some of my staples in the summer. Year round it is good to have beef, eggs, and fish. I've started to have more chicken and turkey too. It is good to get a diverse blend of amino acids (the building blocks of protein).
Eating doesn't have to be as complex as we make it. The more active and immersed in nature you are, the more you can get away with. When I lift weights I feel the carbs I eat differently than if i'm not moving as much. Stay away from processed foods and snack foods. I opt for bigger meals with real food than to grab chips or other processed carbs.
I often will eat beef alone. Cutting out all the sides and sauces can be a good way to get your meals in without all the extra calories. Remember to make a clear choice about growing or shrinking. Summer is the time to eat and enjoy food in the sun when you're active. It is the time to grow. The problem is that people eat the same foods in the same quantities in the winter, causing weight and fat gain as a result. At the end of the healthy eating is seasonal and local but growing and shrinking is a calorie game. You can eat junk food and loose weight, you can eat real food in quantities that are too much and get fat. I've been working hard and so I've been trying to make sure I eat enough to support the work load. Summer is the time for fruits and foods with more sugar.
With all that said, remember that the removal of tech and making sleep a priority will boost health, making any focus on food less important.
Also apparently anything you eat near a sleeping puppy is better absorbed. This is Samson, the newest member of our family. He seems to be on the "eat lots of anything I see" diet.
Caden had his 6th birthday yesterday and everything is going very well. Our house is wonderful and the area has been great so far. I am glad that when everything seemed to go crazy we practiced what we preached and made big moves and sacrifices. It wasn't easy but has already paid off.
As far as I can tell order and chaos are the two basic forces in the universe. The universe is dualistic and you can always find two opposites to compare as the two basic forces, but order and chaos are good ones to look at.
Which is good and which is bad? That is entirely relative and depends on the context. In some stories order has become dominant in which chaos is the solution. A good example of this is Star Wars were the orderly system needs rebels to bring in some chaos. The argument for chaos is freedom. Then you have chaos in the majority position and order rises up to oppose it. I imagine the sheriff in the wild west as the order in a chaotic environment who rescues people from the chaos.
Different stories will paint one or the other as the good side but typically if either side becomes too dominant, then we root for the other side as the solution. We see this same story play out in real life. A government (order) becomes too restrictive; too many taxes, too much control, etc. and a rebellion rises up to overthrow it. If the rebellion is successful, it soon finds itself with the problem now being the instrument of order. Its victory immediately puts it in the position of the thing it just sought to overthrow.
The interesting thing is that often you will see wise people who know that order leads to chaos and chaos leads to order. In times of order these people will use the negative aspects of chaos to show the need for order. An example is a protest that has a member of order do something violent in order to bring about the need for more order. This is basic false flag stuff which is obvious and has been done for thousands of years. It is not always the case and doubt is the way that it gets by. You don't know if the agent is really on the side it says it is or not.
I think about all this because I have been watching the show West World which I reference very heavily in the Are You Conscious Series (check it out - I had to stop blogging for 6 months to write it). In the third season of this show the question of order or chaos is the overarching question. Should a society be free or ordered through control? The old battle of predestination vs free will. The nice thing about this show is that there is no answer. We see both sides go back and forth. There is suffering on either end.
It is interesting because in our own society we often see the right depicted as the order and the left rebelling against it but in many cases the left is trying to use government (order) to enforce peoples' behavior. An example is the governmental enforcement of pronouns or something to that effect. On the other hand the right very much regulates and controls. The truth is that what ever your norm is, that is what you want to maintain. So order and chaos are just tools that people use to promote whatever position they find themselves desiring.
If you start to see that order leads to chaos and chaos to order you will see the tightrope that the world is walking to allow for life to happen. The times we are in seem chaotic and from that you will see order as the solution. A current example is the order to put on a mask. Try to see these forces for what they are. They are two powerful dualistic constructs that don't war with each other but dance together. The world is made of layers of order and chaos. Any time you think it is purely one or the other take a closer look. We need them both, the question is when.
In the morning I go outside with my bare feet, look toward the sun and take some time to start my day. I play relaxing music and listen to the birds. I watch my cat chase bunnies. It is great and it creates a circuit. The dew on the grass is conductive and so am I. This is nature's way of allowing the sun light (natural wireless frequency) to go into my eyes and skin, setting the clocks in my brain. It lets them know to start the morning protocols of hormones and chemicals that are initiated by light. Similarly, the absence of light at night triggers the expression of night hormones like melatonin. The key is that the light frequency enters me and as a conductive human the dew on the grass increases its conductivity dramatically and then connects me to the earth where I am grounded out and can receive electrons from both the earth and the sun simultaneously. Electrons are subatomic charge particles (like little suns) that emit different frequencies. They can arrange themselves in different ways to create the material world we live in.
Simple daily practices like this add up. When the body knows what time it is it doesn't have to guess about how to function and overall health improves. The complexity of simple things can be significant. Do these things instead of behaviors human biology never experienced historically, such as being subjected to constant wifi and artificial light, and you will find yourself becoming the person nature intended you to be.
I also start my morning with a warm glass of cacao. I have been off coffee and caffeine (besides some chocolate) for a year now. I went six months totally caffeine free but now I have cacao powder in warm water. No decaf, no coffee, no tea (green or black), just cacao powder in water. Cacao is a food. The caffeine in coffee or tea is pulled as an extract and the food is discarded. The coffee grounds or tea leaves are thrown out and then you drink the caffeine liquid. When I drink cacao powder in water it has a little bit of caffeine but also has many healthy benefits beyond antioxidants. Magnesium and super high levels of PQQ (which multiplies mitochondria) to name a few. This gives me a boost but no jitters or anxiety (of course you can't have too much or you will have these issues). If you are thinking this is the same as drinking coffee go off coffee and try it for a month and you will see that it is very different. This allows me to have my ritual of a hot drink that tastes great without the negatives. Still best to go without some days so you don't get too hooked on it.
I suggest making a warm cup of cacao and going to sit outside facing the sun with your bare feet in the dew grass every morning. It is a wonderful way to start your day and has tremendous health benefits. I suggest you do this before checking your emails, social media, or the news.
As the world becomes more volatile what is considered newsworthy has changed. If it doesn't stress you out, it's probably not newsworthy. I avoid most of it and when I do try to stay informed, I make sure I have myself in a good place first. I know some of my blog posts have been stressful regarding tech and what is coming. I do hope that some people will get out of the way of the wave but for those who refuse, at least take some time to enjoy each morning as a new day. Take a deep breath.
I have been thinking about fences. Largely because I'm getting a puppy but also because of interconnectivity. I have touched on this in the past but it is an idea that seems to shed it's leaves on my brain every so often.
What if dividers are also connectors? What if walls hold two things together like a zipper instead of keeping them apart? Our own bodies have different layers. These layers divide the parts of us but are based on our perception. Skin for example is you but also is not since you can lose some of your skin and stay you. Not all your skin of course. This is where your nervous system stops, and from your perspective your nervous system is you. This is also relative; if you were to lose a limb and no longer be able to feel you would still be you. I'm skipping around a bit but the point is that the lines we perceive to make us us and others others are less specific than we would think. We see this with people who have mastered an instrument or a weapon. The thing becomes an extension of them.
I think of the levels of the body. You, your organs, your cells, your mitochondria (intercellular electromagnetic engines), right down do the process of electron chain transfer. This is where charge (electromagnetic frequency) converts from energy in the purest sense (light) and arranges itself to create the physical material self that is reading this blog.
The paradox is that clearly all those different levels are both different and the same. They convert from one thing to another at some undeterminable point. In the same way we see waves in the ocean raise and lower hitting some critical point where up changes to down but we have no way of calculating that exact point. I call this a critical mass point; the point where one thing shifts to another. Where the rise of the wave changes to the fall. The smaller the microscope we use to try to find this critical mass point, the the more lost we get. At some point (an undeterminable critical mass point) we switch from a 3D calculation to a strange subatomic look at the inner fabric of water itself. Not to mention the the fact that the waves are always moving so it is very difficult to measure them.
Everything is expanding and contracting like waves in the ocean and because everything is in motion, it is very difficult for us to the draw any firm lines at all.
Lines then become ideas; ideas that are functional constructs and are also not true. This is real interconnectivity. We are one (new age people get real excited about this) and also we are none. The paradox of interconnectivity is that because everything is touching something else the lines of division are weak but because everything is interconnected you don't exist. You as a separate identity. This paradox is something your brain gets away with by perceiving you as an individual with some place in a larger thing. In this way isolation can make us feel more connected to our environment, especially in nature because there are less individuals reminding us of the separate part. None of this is good or bad but helps me to understand how I came into the physical world. If I can learn the path that "I" came into, this physical world may be the path out is the same and as my life rises and falls like a wave with a critical mass point (that we arbitrarily look at as 40, which I'm close to; over the hill aka shifting from the rise to the fall). In this way, maybe I can visualize myself functionally knowing when to emphasize my interconnectivity and when to remind myself that I am an individual. I am both typical and at the same time totally unique as there has only been one construction of ideas that are me.
As I look out my window I see the trees. Each one a strong individual that is typical and connected to the others. All separateness is perceived. Enjoy it. If you are focused on us all being one then think of your enemy and realize that is also you (I imagine a hippy saying we are all one and me telling them that they are Trump), and if you are feeling depressed and isolated like we are all none shift the fences from dividers to zippers that hold everything together.
What is the point of this? If you do this right you as an individual can experience true interconnectivity. It is a strange sense that the brain won't let you look at directly but much like a single idea, like a dream you wake from in an instant, you get to see that everything is magic. You exist, how wonderful and strange.
Right now as you read this you are touching something that is touching something that is........we are interconnected. The trick is our thoughts are also waves that go out and impact other thoughts. In a strange way everything you do is both meaningless int the grand scheme and at the same nothing could be the same without you.
I spent the last 4+ years at a job that had me standing in the same place 8+ hours a day. I spent a lot of time looking at the clock and waiting for the day to be over. I went to the gym but it just didn't make me feel active.
Many of you know that I recently moved. I made a move across the country from the central coast of California to the upper peninsula of Michigan. It was house and location for us. I wanted a house with land but not in the middle of nowhere. I got one with the option of wood heat. It also has a finished room in the basement, so my bedroom is underground. I plan on writing a blog on this soon, because it is key. I wanted to be in a place far away from major cities. I wanted to be near water. I wanted to be able to use the snow and cold as a natural EMF blocker, but also as a natural shield from increased pollution. Snow keeps weak people away.
I have been here a few weeks now. I went from being California poor to Michigan middle class, which is nice. I have been pleasantly surprised at how much summer sun there is here, but also just how wonderful the area is. There are huge green trees everywhere you look. It is far away from protests or virus drama. I moved here sight unseen and I could not be more pleased. It was certainly a risk most aren't willing to take. I often meet people who want to start a new life but always have an excuse to prevent them from actually doing it. People with far more money and assets than me have told me how lucky I am to be so broke because it makes it easier to leave. I just smile and say "lucky me."
I am now out of the culture of California, the culture that I never belonged in. But I am grateful for my time in California as I now have a real home to compare it to and contrast is king. I never would have been able to appreciate this life here without having had 10 years of California. I am in a little town that I haven't had to leave since everything I need is 2 minutes away.
What does all this have to do with hard work? I have been working very hard getting everything ready for my family to get here next week. I had forgotten how it feels to work on my own home. How nice it is to be sore and tired at the end of the day. How much exercise and accomplishment is found in these uncomfortable, grueling tasks.
The take away: Find something to do that is constructive and requires the use of your hands. I tend to think a lot and have spent a lot of time in my mind in the past, but it has been really interesting to use tasks as meditations. To see that our minds and bodies have evolved in a way that rewards us for doing things. No amount of sitting at a desk or work in the form of making phone calls will fill the basic need for the body to move but ideally to sync with the brain and move in a way that the mind and body are one focused system. The reward is not only accomplishment but health and an ability to do more tasks better.
Another nice thing has been the decreased need to focus so much on food. I still eat high quality food that is minimally processed, but when I got here I was set on doing intermittent fasting and eating low carb. I wasn't expecting so much sunshine here. As I started working I found myself waking up in the middle of the night. My body was pulling for sugar and I know the feeling well. I started eating carbs and even drinking a protein shake before bed. This immediately allowed me to sleep through the night and recover. When you're activity increases your body is like a dry sponge and can suddenly soak up calories and food more quickly. When you are inactive, those same resources go unused and are stored making us feel fat and heavy. I was mowing my lawn this morning in the sunshine. I am excited about not having to create fake ways of tricking my body into thinking it is working out in nature, because now I can for real.
Get active. Accomplish something. Something small. Start where ever you are. Don't think you can or should should do the big things if you haven't mastered the small things. There are no cheats in this life. You get what you give.
I'm working on an Airbnb house that I will share soon if anyone ever wants to take a trip up to Ironwood. The house is furnished. There is a small flight from Chicago or Minneapolis to Ironwood which simplifies the travel to get here. I will share more on this in time. The big cities are in opposition to our evolutionary bodies. Health will become increasingly more difficult to attain in cities. Ironwood has very inexpensive homes, so if you are able, I suggest visiting and maybe getting a second home here to at least have a place escape to should things get bad wherever you are.
It has been a long trip, both to my new home from California and to get to my 39th birthday.
The above picture is of my new back yard. I have been very busy working on the house. Angela and Caden will be here in a few weeks and I want everything to be set.
So much has happened. California feels a million miles away. I love it here; trees everywhere and a slower pace that makes all the chaos of the world seem like a TV show that I can turn on and off. I haven't really spent any time online. I can say after driving across the country that the cell towers are dispersed far and wide. Quite impressive really. I hope this blog changes with me. I want to start writing more practical posts and now that I'm a home owner again. It will be fun to show my own house hacks.
There's so much nature here. I'm 39 today. So I'm pretty excited about spending my 40's in a new place with a new pace. Stay tuned and I'll start putting out some more content. Right now I am working on home projects and getting unpacked but my brain keeps clicking and I'll have more to say.
Thanks again for being part of my process.
What a strange time: where the many thousands of people who have been telling everyone to stay home to "save lives" and avoid groups is now leaving their homes to go out and protest in large groups. Those who protested COVID-19 restrictions were considered dangerous, irresponsible jerks but now racially charged protests are a-okay. I'm taking some time to reflect on my time in California.
The image above shows the hero's journey. Any hero's journey essentially follows this sequence. As you can see, the circle is actually a Fibonacci spiral and in a sense the hero ends up in the same place he started, but on a higher plane. The journey always involves leaving the ordinary world to enter a strange new world, facing obstacles and then returning to the ordinary world with the treasure, often new knowledge, that could not have been learned at the starting point.
I prefer to view my time in California in this same way, but instead of being on a path that spirals out to a higher plane my journey is a spiral inward to a deeper or more core plane. It would look like the image below.
I remember being in small town Indiana at a facility for at risk youth and it being the best time in my life. I also knew that I was about to turn 30 and that if I chose to stay I would have a very hard time being exposed to anything outside that wonderful little world in the middle of a corn field.
At first I refused to go knowing that life would be much easier to stay. But I did end up leaving for California. I have many stories. The first day I got here a coworker at my new job told me the not for profit I was working for was a scam and in lots of legal trouble. Talk about the wind getting knocked out of my sails after a long cross country journey to what I thought was the promised land.
He was right and I spent the next 6 months enduing many struggles in that situation. This led to botched dental work that resulted in metal poisoning and serious health issues. Getting involved with a fake guru. Going through a divorce filled with deception and infidelity. Having a best friend run off with the business I had created. Almost dying from the health issues I was facing. Trying to escape to LA only to find myself back where I started but now on a friends couch. Countless attempts at relationships. Countless attempts at business success. Learning lessons the hard way such as - A partner with no ownership is a fool and never ever pay any attention to money that is coming tomorrow, instead work for a dollar today.
I have spent the past few years at a store learning patience and stability.
I would like to think I have transcended so many of the obsticals walking around California on two legs.
Now ten years after I came I am leaving. Returning to a small town, to a simple life bringing with me a cat a beautiful woman and her child that I raise as my own. I have not made millions of dollars, I didn't become a famous self help guru. I didn't start a business that gained major success (at least not one I was able to keep)
I did learn about the world, about myself. I am a much better person now than I was when I showed up. I don't have many relationships to show for it. No good byes even from those I thought to be closest to me. A long list of people who hate me, which is not a bad thing. I often tell people the type of people who hate you says as much or more about you than those who love you. Horrible people often do wrongs so if horrible people like you, you probably didn't right many wrongs.
I have found the psychology of California to be a certain type of shallow self centered, fake way of being that comes from the idea that everything simply gets better over time. (I have written about this in great detail in the Psychology of Abundance Vs The Psychology of Scarcity Blog)
Not every individual but places have personalities and Hollywood permeates the west coast.
I am very excited to leave and to leave with special knowledge. Knowledge that the tangible wealth and prosperity that I wanted and so many in CA are chasing is empty.
California is the siren, the woman in the red dress that seduces you and also enslaves you. The distraction from what really matters. The addiction. Much like a drug. It is so easy to get hooked on the easy life where the weather is perfect and the ocean is beautiful. It draws people in. I have learned that if I see a group of people in one place I know to go the other way. Control systems are simple, they wisely use their resources on high population areas and California has 40 million reasons for there to be a focus here.
As I leave ten years after I came and I reflect I can say I am happy for the experience. I am happy that I was sober for it as most of my ten years leading up to this journey were spent heavily intoxicated. I am glad for California the way a person is happy for the bully that beat him up. A beating often makes you stronger, it also removes your innocence. It doesn't make the bully right but it makes it easier to accept if you look at the lesson and not the horrible methods used to teach it.
Of coarse everything that has happened had to happen because it did.
I am now ready to start the next chapter. I was supposed to get married on the 31st of last month (covid put a stop to it). I am now learning how to be a father and a good husband as I have only been a bad one in the past.
I am going to turn 40 next year and I hope the next journey takes me further inward to places of self awareness and in turn universal awareness that I could never get to in the chaos of a state so populated. I'm looking forward to a meditative season in the tress and snow.
When I leave I will not look back. I can honestly say I have no desire for the gold I came here for. If I had found it I would be stuck here digging for more.
Instead I leave the casino having lost my rent money, gotten it back and happy to walk out on a winning streak but not wanting one dime more than what I came with.
I know people I would consider rich who genuinely think they are poor. I've seen people who where rich become poor and I've seen people get rich, others stay rich and get richer. All of it has a cost. I'm looking forward to a simple life. Having access to a small amount of money makes it very easy to make decisions. I no longer dream about a big house or being noticed by others. Even this blog is more of a journal than anything else. Instead of marketing it on social media I've make it password protected. If it got much bigger I would have to find some other way to keep it small, maybe charge a dollar or something. I have had people tell me how to write to appeal to more people, to attract more readers. Simplify the messages, dumb it down, they say. I'm not trying to make it bigger. The info is there, it has several layers. The content in some blogs goes so deep but other ideas are very basic. I have fun with it. This is a fun way for me to have a conversation with myself. Every time someone tells me they have read it, I feel kind of naked as I never really expect anyone to read it. I ask "what did you like" as I long to discuss my ideas with others. I don't often get a response back, so to those that have read it, please reach out, I enjoy the conversation. I find it kind of funny to put out my best truth and have it get no attention and have some picture of a grumpy cat or something get all the comments. It makes me smile.
California is a land of many contrasts. As this beautiful place faces 5G, riots, drought, and much more, it is all my cue to go. I have made a few allies here. There are a few people who have asked for nothing and given me things of real value, like memories and time. For those people I am grateful. San Luis Obispo a far cry from the place I came to ten years ago. But I bow to my teacher that still has the switch in its hand hoping I will turn back to give me one more wack before I go. My head will not turn to look back. I have outgrown this place and am not longer drawn to shiny things. Everything rusts. It becomes a drug, a high to chase. I'm living this life to learn and make sense of it all the best I can before I inevitably rust too.
A golden cup that is empty, in the desert will never quench your thirst. I'm off to a place where there is no cup but water falls from the sky.
Looting is not protesting, I'll say that again looting is not protesting. At no point does stealing and vandalizing stores have anything to do with police brutality. Also, all racism is stupid so if you find yourself saying black or white too much you might be missing the point. Don't pick sides.
In the clip below the people have just been freed from a hive mind and regained the ability to think for themselves and what is the first thing they do.....Start a race war and both sides are stupid.
Interesting that the same people saying stay home and don't meet up in groups are now leaving home going out to meet up in groups called protests.
I explained in past blogs that there would be martial law in response to rioting and looting. Now that the quarantine virus testing is concluding it is time to begin riot testing. The quarantine determined the suggestibility of the general population. It indicated what measures could be taken in response to very few deaths. Who would oppose it and how the public would respond to that opposition. The Covid-19 numbers are so low and that is explained as the result of social distancing and face masks.
Now that people have been isolated and face extreme financial hardship it is the perfect time to see where and who will take advantage racial injustice. A white cop killing a black man is the perfect storm. Of course, protesters aren't looters. Looters are looters. As soon as a person starts destroying things and stealing, they cease to be a protester and become a thief; an opportunist using someone's death as an excuse to commit crimes. These riots will result in more polarisation between far-left and far-right groups, further setting the stage for things to come later this year after the sun sets in the fall and the next wave of viral expression takes hold. Half the country will want restrictions (the left) and the other half with want freedom (the right). This is by design. Don't forget, there will be a massive technology launch in September that will cause a level of viral expression and death that justifies extreme measures by the government. Both sides are being polarised by racial injustice into both extremes of the spectrum.
Halloween will be late enough in the year for these three factors to create a perfect Venn diagram. Technology: reducing rational thought, viral expression: establishing fear and stress, and the rioting and response to rioting as the opportunity to express the effects of the first two. Then in November we will have an election. No matter who wins, the other side will be primed to rebel. The economic ramifications will allow power states like California to begin to make demands in response to viral expression and rioting. Economic hardship will already be established so people will be desperate. I see there being a lot of death and destruction all the way until the sun comes up again and we will only see it subside around Easter 2021.
People are already starting to have the perspective that the worst is over and that is the worst perspective to have. Of course, chaos creates opportunity. Only those who are one step ahead will thrive at this time.
I just heard an old song - Closing Time by Semisonic on the speakers where I work and with my mind on all this it was interesting to hear the words
"every new beginning comes from some other new beginning's end". What a great line. Fun fact: that song has become a popular final song in bars before closing. The song is actually about a child being born and leaving the womb.
The whole thing made me smile because life goes on. Humans have the ability to change and adapt. People in big cities with lots of tech and lots of viral expression from tech-based radiation along with hardship that will involve a stunted food supply and other issues of basic need will struggle. Those on the fringes will not be too effected. Choose your position for the next year wisely. Once everything goes it will be too late.
Be smart and look at things for what they are objectively, like checking a watch to see what time it is. It's time to be as flexible as possible. Time to adjust. Time to position yourself to lay low for a while and let things get messy. Wait to come out until the dust settles a year from now. It will be a different world in high population areas. This will be a good opportunity to test drone tech, and much more. Everything people do in response to a stimulus is monitored so that human behaviour can become even more predictable.
The cleanup crew for the mess that hasn't been fully made is already assembled. Do your inner work, nothing is more important. Your inner state will become your outer reality for better or worse. The line between the two is being blurred. Soon you will be asked do you deserve heaven or hell. You will decide and you will go wherever you authentically deserve to be. In your core where no one else can see you have the answer to the question tucked away. What are you most scared of? Whatever you're afraid of will come out from your past. What are you hiding? This is the time to out yourself. Once this window is closed you will not be able to go back. Yes, you will face consequences but they won't be as bad as they would be if you continued to hide. Guilt and shame are the worst punishments. People often choose the pain of guilt and shame but if they try to choose pain to escape, they will be given the pain along with guilt and shame. Don't run from your demons, face them head on. I once heard Terrance McKenna say "it can't kill you but it can convince you that it can kill you." This was profound to me as fear is the tool of the deceiver archetype. There is no way to avoid the things we have buried. Do your work now.
Get out of highly populated areas and cities.
Remeber the line:
"Every new beginning comes from some other new beginning's end."
Not too long ago I read the book 1984. It was both good and disturbing. There are a few key ideas from that book that seem to be revealing themselves now. There are so many more I could get into but here are three I'd like to elaborate on.
-The snitch squad or thought police
-Control system manipulation
PC culture is the best way to distort perception. Words are nothing more than containers for meaning. It doesn't matter which word you use if the meaning is the same. Synonyms are interchangeable, but not in the PC culture where the container is apparently all that matters. Historically, the clinical term for mentally ill was retarded, making them synonymous. The word retard by definition is something that is lesser-than. Take flame retardant material for example. It refers to a material that reduces flames. A mentally retarded person was a person who's mental abilities are lesser than the average. This was the definition. When I was young people began calling others retards as an insult. The meaning of the word didn't change, but the word became rejected for everyone based on how some were using it. The meaning was the same. Today, if you say a person is mentally retarded, it is considered blatantly offensive. This never made any sense to me.
As language changes, the containers for meaning also change. The ability to forcefully compel people to say certain things is a very new and dangerous development in law and language. In the past, the law only established things you can't say. Preventing people from saying certain words does not prevent them from thinking them or acting on them. It deals only in the superficial, surface level of the matter. Furthermore, if people can't say what they think or are made to say what they don't, you really have no idea what they actually think at all since speech is how we communicate the meaning of things that reside inside our heads.
If I make my five year old say sorry, it does not make him sorry. Making people use certain pronouns in no way makes those pronouns true or valid. Dare I say words that are the same are the same and words that have a qualifier are not the same. In this sense, if you have a woman and a trans woman, they are different based on the fact that one has a different qualifier in front of it...trans. This language recognition has nothing to do with my feelings for or against the topic. It simply recognizes that distinctions are what enable us to recognize differences between two things that are not the same. So trans woman is different than woman, as the term trans is a distinction. No one would not use the word trans to describe a natural, biological woman. Even a person criticizing another for not using the proper words relative to all this would have to use these distinctions to make their point.
When reporting on a person calling a trans person by the wrong pronoun the reporter will say (example) Sally, a trans woman, was offended to be called a man by...... and so on. What is the definition of trans woman? A woman who is transitioning from being am man. Man to woman transition or the phrase trans itself shows that this is a process and not as fixed as a man or woman in the traditional sense. It is not wrong to refer to a person with the proper pronouns. I have a friend who is a trans woman and I now refer to as a her since the transition from him/ Josh. I am not a rude person but I do not think that the state should attempt to force a person to say these things. I don't think kindness can be forced.
This debate is a strange one and in the end, if anyone can call themselves any gender, man, woman, zir, or any of the others on the growing pronoun list, who would know if and when one changes or what to call anyone? To circle back around to the point: the complexity of the numerous pronouns gets so complex that the result is simplification to a genderless word. No men, no woman, and yet trans implies transitioning from one of these now non existent things to the other. Very confusing and the result is Newspeak from 1984.
In 1984 the process of language reduction allowed for more control as it forced people to only speak in a limited way. If you view math as a language removing certain base numbers in turn removes certain outcomes; outcomes desired by the control system doing the removing. I am approaching this entire topic as If I was an alien trying to understand human language. Confused about why one distinction is different than another or why a synonym would be more or less preferable.
None of this is meant to be critical of anyone's pronouns, just pointing out that I authentically have no way of making sense of it all. I really don't know what to think of all this. I posted the picture above once on facebook. It shows a trans woman who is (I have no idea how to say it, biologically a white man, and I haven't even got into race stuff) wrestling an African American woman.From my perspective traditional feminism involved biologically natural woman and excluded white males claiming to be women. Honestly, who should I root for in this picture? It seems to me that the woman who fought so hard for women's rights in the 60s would cringe at the idea of men being able to call themselves women and physically dominating them publicly in sporting events. It feels too much like a can't beat them, join them scenario.
Once again, very confusing for a person who doesn't want to offend anyone but really can't make sense of it all. Can I simply call myself a woman when it benefits me and then go back when it doesn't, and call it gender fluidity? I wouldn't have to change my appearance at all because a change in appearance implies gender, and that would be a gender stereotype. How would anyone legally enforce any of this? I have no idea. I'll move on now.
The thought police.
In the US we can look to see what is happening in other places and countries to see what is coming in some form or another. The article below describes how Italy is preparing to use 60,000 social distancing snitches that will not be paid but will receive financial benefits in the form of continued unemployment. For me the benefits a person receives for an action is their pay. These people would be indirectly paid to push social distancing on others.
Italy To Recruit Army Of 60,000 Volunteers To Enforce Social Distancing
"The “civic assistants”, as they would be known, would monitor gatherings and pass on information to the police and the Civil Protection Agency. They would not be able to force people to disperse.
They would work up to three days a week for a maximum of 16 hours. The scheme will be voluntary – they will not be paid but will be able to continue claiming unemployment and other benefits."
This has far reaching implications relative to vaccination or other government mandates that are already in the works. The surveillance equipment involved will be paid for by the person being watched in the form of a cell phone.
Slaves are people who don't want to be enslaved. People who long to give up their individual liberties to serve the sate are something else entirely. These people are far more easy to manage as willing participants. Getting into the psychology and the identity of the person is key. Many manipulative people who seek to control others first attempt to get them to submit to the will of the manipulator without the use of force. Force requires lots of resources, guards, and enforcement. If the control system can accomplish the same task without the use of force they can divert those resources to other areas. Most people who are victims of manipulation are not physically coerced but manipulated into submitting by their own free will. All control systems use the same tactics.
In my Consciousness blog series I dove into the psychological tactics that all major religions use so people continue to give up their time, money, and energy to the cause. Governments are no different. Patriotism and ideological manipulation are the tools that direct the general public. Identity is the key. A persons identity can be engulfed by an ideology that serves the agenda of another and I see this in the polarisation programs used by governments. The way that the left tends to use this strategy is by taking ideas that are good and then trying to enforce them using force. This instantly removes the goodness from the idea.
The enforcement of equality or fairness, which are subjectively established is dangerous because what is fair for one may not be fair for another. So the state, the monopoly of force can and will always determine fairness in it's interest and away from the individual. Enforced fairness by its very nature cannot be fair as the one enforcing it has the ability to use force and the one fairness is being forced on does not. Kindness as a result of physical punishment is not kindness, it is using the word kindness without the meaning as explained at the beginning of this blog. If I tell my lady to love me or else I'll punch her in the face anything she says or does is not and can not be love as coercion removes it. A prerequisite of authentic love, kindness, fairness ect. is that it must be voluntary.
1984 was good because it shows how individuals in groups become subject to systems that don't actually exist. It warns us about the system of government. Not one party or the other but the system itself; the same system that uses a two party system to keep people polarised and easily controllable. The institutions that seek to control us are not tangible. They are ideas. Governments, religions, institutions are mind control institutions and are not physical things. They are large scale archetypal forces that are shape-shifters. You can cut off the head and it grows a new one. Every person who is part of the organisation could die and in time the institution will grow and resume. They are just ideas and they are terrifying. Truth is, everything in existence originates from thoughts and ideas.
I just watched an old video where Peterson brilliantly shut down the PC culture. I was amazed and it reminded me of the man I was introduced to years ago when he first appeared on the scene. His message of personal responsibility was strong. I was very happy to hear a strong man say "clean your room" as the the practical response to the question of what to do in life. Brilliant. I never became a real follower of his as I tend to avoid following anyone too closely, but Peterson would often pop up on my radar. I admit I haven't read his book. I listed to a break down of his rules and they were good, but this blog should explain why I didn't devote too much time to him.
This article will bring you up to speed on Jordan Peterson if you don't know who he is and what he is about.
As time went on I started to see signs that Peterson was not the knight in shining armor he originally appeared to be. This was specifically revealed to me in his podcast with Joe Rogan. He seemed to lose focus on what made him so great when he first emerged on the scene: not caring about what people thought. Instead, the fame and money seemed to be getting to him. He could have gone the slow route and taken much more of an Alan Watts approach, doling out his information in a more gradual and playful playful way. He could have used the law of scarcity to his advantage, taking a more withdrawn approach, increasing the value of his message of free speech. Instead, he chose to do so many interviews and a massive rockstar-like book tour. Even now, if you go to his site you will see a featured flashing ad showing how huge his book has become. It's clear to me that he got caught up in his own agenda, persona, ego, or whatever you'd like to call it. He never rejected the institutions but instead wanted to be accepted by the mainstream as an author and an intellectual.
My view of Peterson took a hard turn at a climactic point were he debated Matt Dillahunty, a very intelligent atheist, who does a good job of calling people out on their bad arguments. Peterson always danced the line of being open about his religious beliefs and saying they are simply archetypal ideas that he chooses to hold in the form of Catholicism. He does do extensive teaching on the Old Testament (a work I find very disturbing when viewed as a the blood god of sacrifice that must be worshiped even though he is all powerful, but that is another blog). Peterson did not do well in the exchange of ideas and ended up saying everyone believes in God even if they won't admit it. (I'm guessing he is referring to the god of the bible that he teaches on.) There are too many problems with this notion than I can get into now. At one point he said something to the effect of "the world is not governed by rules." This was tough to hear since his book is called 12 Rules for Life. Peterson was using the same tricks that the liberal media uses against him and that is bad form. You could see Peterson unraveling and you could see that his faith was not solid but looked to be weak enough that I was not surprised at all to hear he went to rehab in 2019 for a benzo addiction.
To see the debate go HERE
Peterson's fatal flaw is his inability to renounce pharmaceutical drugs. As a psychology professor he was a drug pusher, so he began to take them himself when distressed. Unfortunately, he was also on a full carnivore diet which is about as close to fasting as you can get while still eating. I've tried it and I will say that caffeine went from giving me moderate anxiety on a normal diet to giving me massive anxiety on the carnivore diet. The solution for me was to go off caffeine and back on carbs. I can only imagine the effects of opioids on full carnivore diet.
On Rogan Peterson was asked where do you see all this going, how does it end? His response was something along the lines of: not very well. I imagine he was already on pharmaceuticals at this point. His legacy is forever tarnished and it is almost worse having someone that said so much truth become a drug addict than to not have him say anything at all, because now his legacy can be spun to discredit all the truth he once shared. The only thing worse than no hero at all is a fallen hero.
As a former alcoholic, I hope that Peterson can fix himself. His camp is saying it is only a physical addition and not a mental one....not much responsibility as the Peterson machine is now bigger than the man. They seem to be pushing through in an attempt to keep this from being revealed for what it is: a man who relied on pharmaceutical drugs to cope with the pain of an ill wife and daughter, and the stress of a public position he put himself in. It's hard to come back from a medically induced coma. I wish him well. His attempt a fixing the world must have been exhausting.
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